Let Olympics win over Covid-19

Shadow over Tokyo Olympics: Now, less than 50 days before the grand opening of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, already delayed by one year, a big question mark looms over it. — Reuters

HISTORICALLY, the Japanese love the Olympics, but they haven’t had the best luck with them. In the 1930s, Japan successfully made a bid to host the Summer Olympics in 1940, four years after Nazi Germany’s Berlin Olympics, but they had to give up the great enterprise because of World War II. In 1964, two decades after the war ended, they finally realised the ambition.

Since then, Japan twice played host to Winter Olympics in Sapporo and Nagano. And no one had thought of a pandemic when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) meeting in Buenos Aires in 2013 gave Tokyo the right to host the Summer Games for the second time. It was an act of compassion and encouragement for a nation suffering the severe consequences of a tsunami and nuclear disaster two years earlier.

Subscribe now for a chance to win your dream holiday!

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM148.00/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Columnists

Pursuing that elusive dream
Stylish Spain an anomaly in a game that continues to lose its lustre
40 years of trust and patience
Harmonising Innovation Ecosystems for Digital Startups
Not just a ceremonial King
Smoking's role in male impotence
Why parallel pathways are needed
A fantasy political scenario
Biting the bullet
Comprehensive law vital in stamping out cyberbullying

Others Also Read